Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Christopher Mitchell
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Words by Salaam Remi
On a hot July day in Summer 2012, LargeUp visited producer Salaam Remi at his Instrument Zoo studio in Miami, for a wide-ranging conversation on everything from his father (musician/promoter Van Gibbs) to Nas’ then freshly released Life is Good album. One memorable story he shared with us involved the genesis of Ini Kamoze‘s “Here Comes the Hotstepper,” Remi’s first production to top the Billboard singles chaart. With today being Ini Kamoze’s 57th birthday, and the 20th anniversary of “Hotstepper” hitting No. 1 looming on the horizon, we thought we’d let Mr. Remi tell the story...
Words by Deejay Theory
Be forewarned that you may end up wining at your desk or swerving on the freeway with the latest effort we just got handed from Orange Hill Productions. Our dupes in the UK have been teaming up with artists like Vybz Kartel, Mr Lexx, Busy Signal, Fatman Scoop and heaps more over the past few years, and, for their latest single, Jr. Tubby and Ras Kwame drafted none other than RDX to spread their signature party flow all over this uptempo Electro-Bashy recording. There’s even a 2-step mix to make sure the UK massive is properly sorted.
It’s been a big year for Protoje, and he’s only put out one tune. That track, “Who Knows,” a collaboration with reggae revival colleague Chronixx, has proven to be massive, building up great levels of anticipation for his upcoming third album, due out next year.
As a special treat for his US fans, Protoje returns to the States on Sunday, Oct. 26th, for his first Miami show with the Indiggnation band. LargeUp has two pairs of tickets to give away for the show, happening at The Stage, with support from Mixed Culture, Selecta Addy of Eccentrix Sound and DJ Corey Chase. But that’s not all: one “grand prize” winner will also win a Get Together portable audio system from House of Marley.
Words by Jesse Serwer
LargeUp contributor and producer/DJ Echo Slim gave us a preview of his “unorthodox sound crew” Yaga Sounds on Mixtape Mondays a few weeks back. Now the Miami-based squad—part sound system and part live band, it also includes Joshua “Gappo” Manning (keyboardist for Beres Hammond, and son of The Abyssinians’ Donald Manning) and engineer Flexx—have dropped off their debut single “D.B.M.,” featuring none other than Sizzla, over a driving, uptempo dancehall riddim.